Since 2004, Lyle Wray has served as Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford, Connecticut, after serving as Executive Director of the Ventura County Civic Alliance. Earlier he served as Executive Director at the Citizens League in the Twin Cities for 11 years. Before that he served as Dakota County Administrator and Human Services Director for 7 years in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area.

Originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, he earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1980. He has had a variety of international teaching and consulting experience in e-government, performance measurement, civil society, and human services. He co-authored the book Results That Matter published by J. Wiley in 2006.  He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015 and was elected as President of the Community Indicators Consortium in 2017.

International travel, Vienna and Budapest being most recent, is his main hobby in addition to reading nonfiction and fiction.